Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,024 Ratings
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
13,024
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,625
For Trade:
70
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Ratings: 13,024 |  Reviews: 3,528
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bmf5581
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks the type. Almost orange, very darkish for an IPA. Some coppery notes. The head is bright white and looks slightly creamy. Dissipates quickly to a thin layer of bubbles, then sticks around.

It really smells good. Honey and citrus flowers fill the nose.

Wow, I see what all the fuss is about. It's the best tasting DIPA I've ever had. Really, it's flawless. The honey is first, followed by the citrus. Pineapple. I love it.

I expected to be slammed in the gut. It's not there. The honey balances the bite from the bittering hops, and the pineapple keeps it sweet well into the finish. There is lots of hoppiness, but it's well-balanced.

It's not something I could drink a lot of in one night, but it's something I could drink one of every night. It's really superb.

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4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a bottle on date of 1/26/12. Have had this beer many years running but never reviewed it from the bottle.

Moderate orange, light haze, and some clumpy islands of surface coverage.

Heavy dose of green apple, pineapple sweetness, touch of yeasty spiciness, sourdough bread, honey, and a pretense of big alcohol.

The worker bees have been busy doing their sinful bee-like business here. Moderate is both sweetness with a crisp green apple bite. Pineapple rind lends a raw bitterness at the finish.

Touch syrupy, low carbonation, and sticky.

Overall, I tend to annoy easily when discussing whether a recipe has changed or so-and-so is less hoppy than last year. Looking back on a past on tap review, I loved this beer. Maybe it was time and place, a food pairing, a moment in time. I do know that at times I had been enamored with HopSlam and others, I've been, shall we say, underwhelmed. Right now, it's a pretty solid DIPA, but doesn't stand as a favorite in the style.

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Photo of distvan
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a brilliant copper orange with good amount of head.

S: very good smelling beer. Citrus, piny with hints of honey.

T: hard to explain but the honey flavor is intermingled in this iipa and perfectly compliments this beer.

M: medium bodied beer that is perfectly carbonated.

O: I was lucky enough to have a very fresh batch and I can honestly say this is the best beer I've ever had. Its hard to not have one when I'm home and I continually think about having another one when i.m out.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Amalak
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. Deep yellow/orange color. It has a nice foamy white head that leave a good deal of lacing. There are lots of little bubbles that continuously stream up the side of the glass. Nice hoppy scent.

There is almost a rye taste underneath. It has a dark fruit, semi-grape note to it. It is quite bitter when it first hits your tongue and then washes out to the back smoothly. Floral throughout. Very, very, very nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Yoda22
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant copper/orange, medium haze. 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quick. Good lacing.

S- Oh wow. Where do I begin on the the smell. It's just amazing hoppy goodness but I am having trouble separating out the smell. The first things that come to mind are pine and vanilla? There is also some sweet citrus in there, orange-like. Some honey or caramel as well.

T- Delicious as advertised. There definitely is a "hop slam" as the bitterness hits you up front but balances nicely with the sweet malt; the bitterness lingers long after as well. The alcohol bite is noticeable but considering this is a 10% beer it's really masked quite well.

M- Great full body, almost creamy. Perfect smooth finish that just leaves you wanting more.

O- Worth the hype, definitely worth of the high ratings.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/09/12 and consumed about a week ago. Tulip glass. Thanks to mdfb79 for this!

A: Clear, medium gold with a finger of nice white head. Good retention.

S: Faint citrus (grapefruit, orange), a little pine and grassy-ness. Caramel comes out more as it warms and mingles very well with the honey. Smells good but on the fainter side.

T: Citrus hops and caramel malt first, followed by honey washing over the tongue. The honey covers a decent amount of the underlying hop bitterness (for the better). A little residual, subtle sweetness is evident at the end. Again, the honey and caramel malt work wonderfully together.

M: Medium-full body, a little sticky, medium-light carbonation. Carbonation is a bit rough.

O: The honey is the high point here. Otherwise, not particularly hoppy. Incredibly drinkable for 10%--I would have guessed 6 or 7 without looking at the label. Good, but I'm not sure I understand the craze over it.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

February 3, 2012. Grabbed the last bottle from the Foodery here in Philadelphia. They said they were saving it, but they let m have it. Can't thank them enough!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a thin, off-white head that stick around. It leaves moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hops in the nose with a bit of sweetness from the honey. The aroma brings to mind citrus and peaches.

T: Alcohol up front (though not unpleasant) followed by a wash of fruity hops--citrus and peach again, with a tropical tinge. A hearty bitter back balances it well.

M: Mild carbonation and a good, middle-of-the-road texture. Warmth from the hefty 10% ABV.

O: Yum. More subtleties in the hop flavors come out the more you drink. Sham I waited a little too long and only managed to score one. Still, a great beer for my first ever BA review.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one in a trade, drank fresh. This one didn't live up to the hype for me.It has an incredible smell, best part of the beer for me. Did taste good, but a little too boozy for me. I realize it is high abv, but alcohol not hidden well enough.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A little mid-afternoon hopslam never hurt anyone. Picked up the other day at 1 for the Road, in Wexford, PA. Thanks!

Bottle date 1/10/12, poured into a chalice. The head was impressive, but died down quickly to a frothy film, which left splotchy, yet attractive lacing. The body is a deeper redish gold, and has a nice thickness to it.

The smell is everything I imagined it to be. Hop heaven. Citrusy grapefruit, oily, with a hint of sweetness - almost confectionery. The smell almost leaps out at you from the glass.

The taste is, as promised, quite the slammage of hops. I guess I must officially be a hophead now, as I could appreciate the bitterness and tart grapefruit without being the least bit put off by it. In fact, I don't think hops alone make this a great brew. There's a good complexity to the taste, with sweetness from the honey in the finish, and just the slightest bit of lingering alcohol heat. The mouthfeel has some real body to it, as well as just the right crispness of carbonation.

Ok, so is it worth all the hype? I'd probably say so. It's a great beer, and I really am glad to have the opportunity to try one of the (presumably) "holy grails" of the IPA world. This is a great beer, and it's a shame it isn't more widely available. Mark one off the bucket list.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,024 ratings.
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